Sneak Peek: Jamie and Justin- Sleepy Hollow Halloween Wedding
I am so excited to show you the photos from Jamie and Justin’s wedding. Sometimes when I meet with a couple to talk about shooting their wedding and they tell me their vision for their event, it takes all I have not to wiggle around in my seat, waving my hand in the air Hermione Granger-style hooting, “Pick me! Ooh, pleeeease pick me!” This was the case when I met with Jamie and Justin ten months ago and they told me all about their “getting married in Sleepy Hollow on Halloween” wedding. Right there, in that first meeting in Starbucks, I was like, “You know there’s a guy who has learned to ride a horse in a Headless Horseman costume who’s pretty famous locally. I wonder if we could take a picture with him somehow…” and then I became mildly obsessed, ahem, I mean, extremely committed to making this happen.
More photos with Sleepy Hollow’s most famous undead citizen will appear later in this post, but this one of them screaming and running away is too funny not to share immediately.
I’m getting ahead of myself, though. We started photography coverage with the first time the bride and groom saw each other on their wedding day in the cemetery at the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow.
Later, during the ceremony, they referenced “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,” a hilarious science-fiction book series/radio play/movie that essentially seeks the answer to life, the universe and everything…. and gets it. But the answer is “42.” (It’s a dry, British humor kind of thing.) In any case, in their vows, they told each other, essentially, “You are my 42,” meaning, more or less, that they are each other’s life, universe and everything. I think you can see that in their eyes here.
Then, we took photos all over the historic cemetery, trying our best to keep rollerbladers, tourists and costumed visitors who flood Sleepy Hollow on Halloween out the background of the shots. (Because nothing says “love” like a roller-blading man with a giant rubber spider on his head. Just sayin.’)
I love the details they chose- I love the top hat, the shoes, the hand-made paper flower bouquet with their favorite comic book characters incorporated. Love. It.
Meanwhile, while all the photos were happening at the Old Dutch Church, Tatiana from Whimsy Weddings was setting up for the ceremony and reception at the James House Mansion up the road.
Friends and family began to gather- some in costume, some about to be in costume- and it was time to officially get married!
This was my sixth wedding with the amazing and remarkable Rev D. She did a beautiful job putting together a personalized service for Jamie and Justin, who quite literally RAN down the aisle, high-fiving the guests on the way. You gotta love a groom like that!
The bride and groom chose to do this awesome unity ceremony. They wrote letters to each other and put them in a box with their favorite booze. The idea is that if their marriage ever hits a road bump, they can sit down and read the letters, have a drink together and remind each other why they got married in the first place. If they never hit hard times, they can have a drink and celebrate their love on an upcoming anniversary. Love it!
Oh, and Justin sang his vows in a medley of songs including the Muppet Show theme, Rick Astley lyrics and more. It was perfect for Jamie since their love of music is one of the things that brings them together. Quick aside/true story: a few years ago, Justin sold his amazing, one of kind guitar to pay for Jamie’s 30th birthday present. Her wedding present to him WAS TRACKING IT DOWN AND BUYING IT BACK. Not a similar style, not an exact replica, the original guitar. How lovely is that? A bride like that deserves to be serenaded.
Of course, he serenaded her Justin-style, which meant it was also kind of hilarious.
Her vows were equally touching. She quoted an episode of Scrubs, where one of the characters essentially says, “The thing is, I’m so weird that I always thought I would end up alone.” She told him how lucky she was to find him. And then- now I’m quoting Dr. Seuss from a card sent to me by my own husband on our wedding day- “they fell in mutual weirdness and called it love.”
Then they were pronounced married and declared the king and queen of Halloween by the Rev. D., and we were off to cocktail hour!
At this point, everyone changed into costume, including the bride and groom. He wore his suit of armor and she wore a romantic dress inspired by the Middle Ages.
After a romantic first dance to the song “Nothing Else Matters,” the dance floor opened. Although this wasn’t the kind of wedding with a lot of traditional formalities, they each made a point to dance with their moms. The bride’s grandfather got his own spin around the dance floor, and it was so lovely. It doesn’t matter if a wedding is super traditional or if an honored nephew is dressed as a formal ring-bearer or the Incredible Hulk, these moments choke me up every time.
After dinner, the wedding party offered a few meaningful toasts and a special reading, and the party really got going.
The knight battles… um, the Dark Knight? I am not 100% sure what was happening here, but I love it.
If you get married on Halloween, I think you have to do the Thriller Dance. It’s practically a law.
I love everything about this cake-cutting. From the Stanley Cup cake that honors the couple’s love of the New Jersey Devils to the sword to the extreme commitment to cake-smashing, this was amazing.
After a few more photos and words of wisdom from the bride’s grandparents who just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary, the party went on into the night. And what a night it was!
Thank you for letting me be a part of this! May your marriage be filled with many years of happiness. Congratulations, Jamie and Justin!